Make A Difference Day

Lori Halley 20 October 2011 0 comments

We’ve been talking a lot about volunteers lately – mainly because we’re hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival next week on the topic of improving the volunteer experience. So in the spirit of volunteerism, I thought I should promote Make A Difference Day – which is this Saturday, October 22nd.

What’s this all about?

According to their website, Make A Difference Dayis the nation’s largest day of volunteering… where more than 3 million people rally across the nation to help more than 30 million others.”  

Created by USA WEEKEND together with long-standing partner HandsOn Network, this event involves millions of volunteers around the world rolling up their sleeves to help others.  This might include: serving neighbors through food drives;  green space expansions; community building renovations among many other projects.  You can act alone or enlist your friends, family and co-workers.

How can you or your organization get involved in this national Day of Doing Good?

  • Check out existing opportunities: You can visit the Make A Difference Day or HandsOn website to check out the DAYtaBANK to join a project in your community or start one of your own!
  • Look around your community: Are people hungry, homeless or ill? Are parks or schools dirty or neglected? No matter where you live, there’s a need nearby.
  • Register your project: You can register your own project in the Make A Difference DAYtaBANK, a national listing of local projects that will be viewed by interested volunteers, other people looking for good project ideas and news media looking for good stories to tell.  And you can use the Marketing Guide and other tools on their website to promote your project and enlist help.
  • Follow and support: If you can’t get physically involve, follow the events unfolding across the nation by following Make a Difference Day on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

As Ann Curry notes in her personal story on the Make A Difference Day website, “on October 22, volunteer, give, or simply commit a single act of kindness and you will discover it is a gift you’ve given yourself.”

Don’t forget to submit your posts on Improving the Volunteer Experience!

Just another reminder that the Nonprofit Blog Carnival submissions on volunteering are due by end of day Monday, Oct. 24th. Here’s how to submit:
  • Go to  to submit your post using the form there
  • or submit posts for consideration via email to: - be sure to include your name, your blog’s name and the URL of the post (not your blog homepage).

Don’t forget to check back to the Wild Apricot blog on Thursday, Oct. 27th to see the round-up of posts.

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Published Thursday, 20 October 2011 at 5:54 PM

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